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Thousands of rentals in Dublin aren't good enough to pass council inspections

Out of the 5,984 rentals inspected, 5,228 were served with enforcement notices.

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THE NUMBER OF housing ruled by Dublin City Council as not being up to standard is close to 90%.

Between May 2012 and August 2014 Environmental Health Officers inspected 5,984 private rented houses. Out of these, enforcement notices were served on 5,228 rentals.

This puts the number of properties with enforcement notices served on them at just over 87%. 

These rentals were located in 865 separate buildings. There has been compliance with 3,392 of the enforcement notices.

The total number of inspections carried out stands at 9,376 – meaning that some properties were inspected more than once. 

Out of these inspections there has been legal action initiated in 86 cases. Prohibition notices, where a property is deemed to pose a health hazard, were also served on 119 properties.

This information comes from a question put to the chief executive of Dublin City Council Owen Keegan last week by Independent councillor Nial Ring at a meeting of the Central Area Committee.

These inspections have come under the Intensified Inspection Programme that has been in place since 2012. It is set to run until March 2015.

The inspections are carried out on a monthly basis.

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